Well folks, today is day 6 of blazing heat along the East Coast. Such a pleasant change from the last few weeks of torrential downpour. My poor garden. It doesn’t know if its demise was the result of drowning or excessive heat 😦
Anyway, the heat. Normally, I love it. This time though, its a little too much for a little too long. Unfortunately, I do not have easy access to a pool. I did have access to this cucumber salsa however. And nothing is as cool as a cucumber.
Sorry. I know that’s corny. But how often can I say “cool as a cucumber”?
This salsa does contain some heat though. If you’re not a fan, leave out the jalapeño pepper.
Here’s a fun fact though: hot peppers are actually good to eat on hot days. Why? The pepper’s heat causes you to sweat. And when you sweat, evaporation soon follows. During evaporation, high-energy molecules change state, leaving behind the molecules with less energy. Less energy = less heat. Thus, we have a cooling down process.
See? I did learn something in Physics last semester 🙂
3 medium tomatoes, diced
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, chopped
1/3 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
2 tbsp wasabi
1 tbsp jalapeño pepper
1 tbsp mustard with horseradish
1 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.